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 PostPost subject: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:14 pm 
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Is it possible to slim down the size of a motherboard? I want to put a PC in a smaller box than it's in. I don't want to sound stupid when asking this and I truly don't know anything about motherboards.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:32 pm 
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maybe by a couple of mm , if you carefully dremel the edges


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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:41 pm 
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Of course it's possible, check out Ben Heck's work to see a way of doing it.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:25 pm 
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I just watched a few videos and I want to make a portable dvd player into a laptop now.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:18 am 
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*bang* *bang* *bang* You can always trim it down... but some times just a lot little damage....

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:10 am 
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You would be better off buying a shuttle board if you want a small board. The most you could hope to trim off a motherboard is millimeters, it wouldn't be worth the risk.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:41 am 
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There are always Mini-ITX boards if you need something really small: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... 1075720949

http://www.mini-itx.com/ doesn't update too often but it's interesting to read through their news archives.

There are tons of other small form factors, most notably: Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, Mini-DTX.


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I agree with Andy and QuiescentWonder, get a new smaller board instead. The motherboard contains up to 7 layers of PCB which interconnects all parts of the motherboard. If you start drilling and cutting into these you may crack the fine layers or even components by the vibrations caused by the drill. If that happens then you may get all kinds of problems, everything from instability in the system to full scale hardware failures. Even if an area of the motherboard looks like it's unused on the surface (no paths etc) it may contain paths in one of the layers beneath it. So sure, if you have nothing to lose and want to experiment then go ahead, but never do this on a board (and all other components) you're not ready to replace.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:11 pm 
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yeah. I'll get the smaller board. It's not worth the risk for the big one.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:46 am 
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I agree, I attempted a similar project and in the end I smelled of silicon (or whatever that smell of snapping circuit boards is) and I was out one expensive motherboard.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Very Very Weird Question        Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:55 am 
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Maybe DELL boards can do the job, but those huge spaces are for redundancy in order to increase stability.

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